Another Ludwig Cut-Badge Snare

I wrote a few years ago about a 1970s Ludwig cut-badge snare drum that I picked up by accident, and some of the information I found on-line about these somewhat rare instruments.  Since then, I’ve tried to keep my eyes open for other examples in the wild.

A beautiful one popped up on eBay recently, and I was immediately intrigued by the interior paper label.  The date stamp is November 17, 1971 – the same date as the drum listed in this forum post, and one day later than mine.

Ludwig COB8


Date stamps of the eBay drum, and the one I bought several years ago.

I love that the model numbers are hand-written, and looks like it was done by someone other than the person who did mine.  In this case, the model number is 406 – the same number Ludwig uses for the Black Beauty.  Mine has the model number 416, likely because it has the super-sensitive strainer instead of the more common P85.

Ludwig COB 2

In case you’re curious, this drum was listed on eBay for $1,099 USD and sold pretty quickly.  A lot more than I would pay, but a nice addition to someone’s collection.

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